Small player; athletic body; strong for his size; 5-6/165 might be a little heavy; probably more around 155; not much projection left.
4/8, 4/10, 4/12, 4/17, 4/18, 4/22, 4/24
Lancaster JetHawks (High A, Astros)
Very good makeup; always on the top step cheering for his teammates; like the desire on the baseball field; gives 100% on every play.
45; valuable utility player
Square stance; small leg kick as timing mechanism; advanced bat; good bat-speed; hands and wrists work very well together; plenty of strength to whip the bat through the zone; has no problems pulling velocity; goes up-the-middle with regularity; swing built for line drives; bat-to-ball ability is above-average; tracks pitches all the way into the catchers mitt; stays on off-speed and spin well; plate discipline is plus; tough out; arm-side pitching may give him problems going forward; leadoff hitter potential.
Minimal power; has strength and bat speed; but swing is missing leverage and he's simply not a large man; gap power; plenty of doubles and triples; don't see double-digit home runs as a possibility.
Above-average speed; clocked between 4.10-4.18; not a extremely fast player but a guy who can certainly affect the game on the basepaths and in the field.
Very solid defensively at second base; range is well-above average for the position; quick first step; plays the position with confidence and aggressiveness; makes all the plays; sticks in there at the bag for the double play, which tells you a lot for being a small guy.
Fringy arm; short arms the throws a bit but he gets the ball there; enough arm to be a plus defender at second base putting it all together; limited to the right side of the infield; arm could play in left field and center field as well.
Kemp has been the most consistent hitter on the loaded Lancaster roster, spraying line drives all around the diamond. The approach is the best part of his game for me, as he consistently gets himself into hitters counts and doesn't mind a walk. Pair this with a good defensive profile at 2nd base and the ability to play other positions (left and center), a utility profile is the most realistic role for me. Player comparison: Skip Schumaker.